Villa Istar

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Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 4


Pool Ideal for Kids Walk to Beach Walk to Village

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Villa Istar will capture your heart with its Italian elegance and mesmerising vistas. Just a few steps from the waterfront in Porto Venere, a short stroll from the heart of the historic fishing village, this superbly located residence is all about authenticity, charm and beautiful sea views.

The grand villa dates back to the early 1900s and has been splendidly renovated to create a wonderful holiday home. Admire the marble fireplace in the delightful living room with its pretty furnishings and picture-book windows which perfectly frame the view of the bay. An impressive staircase winds up to the first floor with its three elegant bedrooms, furnished with antique pieces and a true sense of character. Old family photographs adorn the walls and ornate features add to the welcoming ambience, plus there is air-conditioning throughout the main villa. A separate annexe offers another charming bedroom allowing this residence to sleep up to eight guests in total. 

Step outside on to the original paved terrace with distinctive grey and white Carrara marble and gaze out towards the Ligurian coastline. Wander along the stone paths and steps and feel a great sense of privilege as you catch glimpses of the waterfront below through the olive trees. Find a hidden corner for an aperitivo or a secret patio with a sunlounger or two and spend summer days bathing in the glorious sea-water swimming pool, a unique feature of this home. The grounds are vast with nearly 3000m2 of terraces and gardens – look out for elegant pots bursting with summer colour, sweet-scented roses, towering palms, ancient carob trees, myrtle and more.

Follow the steps down to your gate and you only need to cross the road before you are at the seafront, just a few steps from a popular beach backed by restaurants and cafes. Follow the promenade all the way to the heart of Porto Venere, around 1km away, where you can marvel at the colourful houses and explore the winding medieval lanes filled with lovely shops and inviting restaurants serving some wonderful Ligurian cuisine. Enjoy the tremendous view from San Pietro Church, near the cove named after Lord Byron who adored this part of the Ligurian coast.

Boat trips depart for the famous Cinque Terre National Park which, together with Porto Venere and its islands, is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Follow historic walking trails between the captivating Cinque Terre villages and discover vineyards and olive groves amongst the spectacular landscapes, loved by tourists from across the world. For a change of scene, head south to the idyllic Golfo dei Poeti with its pine-backed beaches, summer lidos and seafood osterias in villages that inspired some of the greatest 19th century poets.

Villa Istar is an enchanting home in one of Italy’s most remarkable stretches of coastline – a place of nature, history and utter beauty. 

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What you should know…

  • Guests will need to be able to manage the many steps across the beautiful terraced grounds
  • A separate apartment is also available at an additional cost, which would be suitable for accompanying staff (including a double bedroom, small shower room and living room with kitchenette). Please ask for further details
  • Barbecues are not permitted due to fire safety



Property Features

Private Pool Wi-Fi/Internet Air-Con Hairdryer Satellite TV Heating

Main Villa Interiors (230m2)

Ground Floor

-    Living room with doors leading to terrace
-    Dining room with table for up to 8 guests and doors leading to terrace
-    Kitchen, well-equipped including dishwasher, oven, microwave,  fridge-freezer, toaster, blender and coffee machine
-    WC

First Floor

-    Bedroom with king-size double bed and en suite bathroom with small shower and WC
-    Bedroom with king-size double bed and en suite bathroom with shower and WC
-    Bedroom with queen-size double bed
-    Bathroom with bath tub
-    Reading area (between two bedrooms)
-    Access to rear terrace

Annexe Interiors

-    Bedroom with queen-size double bed
-    Bedroom with single bed
-    Small shower room with WC

A separate apartment is also available at an additional cost, which would be suitable for accompanying staff (including a double bedroom, small shower room and living room with kitchenette).

Outside Grounds (3000m2)

-    Sea-water swimming pool (8x4m, depth: 2.6m) open approximately June to end-September
-    Various terraces
-    Garden with terraced levels and many steps
-    Parking (up to four cars)
-    Fenced/gated grounds


-    Wi-Fi
-    Air-conditioning (main villa, annex and apartment)
-    Heating
-    Satellite TV
-    Hairdryer
-    Alarm system
-    Laundry room with washing machine


About the surrounding area of Villa Istar
Walk to Beach Walk to Village Walk to Restaurant Watersports Walking/Hiking Paths Tennis Nearby Cycling Fishing Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites Romantic Scuba Diving Boat Trips Seafront
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Villa Istar is in Porto Venere, a magical medieval fishing village south of the Cinque Terre in Liguria, at the far northern end of the spectacular coastline known as the Gulf of Poets.

With amazing views, just the road leading out of the village separates the residence and its grounds to the glistening Ligurian sea – within just a few steps from the front gate you can be dipping your toes in the water at one of the town beaches backed by bustling cafes and restaurants. In the other direction, follow the seafront promenade all the way to the heart of the historic centre, around 1km away.

Porto Venere is sure to enchant you with its colourful houses and historic lanes that wind all the way up to the impressive fortress, passing charming shops and excellent restaurants, many serving authentic Ligurian cuisine. At the far end of the village, San Pietro Church enjoys an incredible position looking over the rocks towards the sea, near the cove where Lord Byron used to swim in the azure waters. It’s no surprise that this part of the coastline has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, alongside the Cinque Terre and Porto Venere’s neighbouring islands.

Indeed, from late Spring to autumn, boats depart from Porto Venere to the nearby islands of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto – keen hikers will especially love the trails on the largest island, Palmaria, also a wonderful place for swimming and relaxing lunches in beachside restaurants.

It’s also possible to take a ferry to the Cinque Terre National Park (or experienced walkers can set off on foot for a full day out). Much loved by visitors from across the world, these five seaside villages sit in magnificent surroundings and are full of history and charm. Connected by walking paths or a little train, you can head from one village to the next, discovering little beaches and breathtaking views.

Further south, the towns and villages of the Golfo dei Poeti are just as beautiful as the Cinque Terre in their own way yet less frequented by so many tourists. Lerici is a particular delight on market day, Montemarcello enjoys mesmerising views of the sea and olive groves whilst Fiascherino has idyllic beaches backed by pines. Tellaro is another lovely seaside town to discover, a perfect spot for a lunch out in one of the seafood osterias - be inspired by the landscapes around you, just as Shelley and Byron were in the 19th century.

If you are keen to travel as far south as Tuscany then spend the day in the splendid historic town of Lucca (90km) or visit the sights in Pisa (90km - or take the train from nearby La Spezia). A little closer to home, the lively seaside resorts of Viareggio (75km) and Forte dei Marmi (60km) can also be reached in an hour by car.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Pisa Airport


Nearest Airport 2 Genoa Airport


Nearest Train Station La Spezia Centrale


Nearest Village Porto Venere

(Walking distance )

Nearest Beach Porto Venere

(Walking distance )

Nearest Restaurant Porto Venere

(Walking distance )

Nearest Supermarket Grocery shops in Porto Venere

(Walking distance )

Nearest Town La Spezia


Nearest Tennis La Spezia


Nearest Golf Versilia Golf Resort



Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Babies & Toddlers Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

Families with children of all ages will love the beauty of Porto Venere, with many attractions that will appeal to youngsters.

Wander down the steps from your residence and grounds and you only need to cross the road and walk a few steps to reach the nearest beach, perfect for paddling, swimming, searching for pebbles and shells or just relaxing with a gelato. You can also stroll into the heart of the fishing village following the waterfront promenade that takes you all the way to the historic centre in around 1km.

Explore the winding lanes, discover charming shops and restaurants and hike up the hill as far as the 12th century fortress with amazing views. Admire the colourful houses on the waterfront and find the little playground where younger guests can let off a bit off steam before finding another gelateria as a reward for all the walking around.

Boat trips leave the harbour to a variety of destinations such as the island of Palmeria (especially popular with walkers) and of course the famous Cinque Terre National Park. Another way to visit the villages of the Cinque Terre is by train from nearby La Spezia – trains also depart south to Viareggio and even Pisa for a fun day out.

For a change of scene, visit some of the beaches of the Golfo dei Poeti such as near Lerici, Fiascherino and Tellaro. Look out for lidos that rent out pedal boats and canoes or enjoy delicious lunches in spectacular surroundings.

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Beach Nearby
  • Walk to Beach
  • Walk to Village
  • Walk to Restaurant
  • Watersports
  • Tennis Nearby
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

Services Available

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available


Oliver's Extras

  • Pre-Stocked Fridge Available
  • Cooking Classes Available
  • Transfers Available
  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available

At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting / childcare services

Extras available at this property (payable locally):

- Extra maid service
- Villa pre-stocking service 
- Chef service
- Cooking lessons
- Tours and activities
- Transfers

Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!

Oliver's Travels Chef Service: A Gourmet Dining Experience
Make hosting a memorable dinner party at your villa an absolute breeze with our superb Chef Service. Our chefs will take care of everything for you from start to finish so you can just sit back and enjoy the gastronomic experience. They will bring all the necessary ingredients, cook and serve the food and even clean up afterwards. To find out more visit

Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit €1000 paid in cash to the owner upon arrival and refunded upon departure, subject to full inspection.
Arrival time 4.00 p.m. (Please note a check-in time of 8.00 p.m. or later is subject to a supplement of €50.00, payable locally).
Departure time 10.00 a.m.
Energy costs included? Yes.
Heating costs included? No, extra €50.00 per day, payable locally
Other Ts and Cs Air-conditioning is featured in the main villa only.
Linen & towels included? Yes.
Pool towels included? Yes.
End of stay cleaning included? No, extra €400.00, payable locally. However, guests are required to leave the accommodation clean, tidy and in the same condition as on their arrival. Any extra cleaning, laundry, maintenance and/or rubbish disposal required will be charged against the security deposit.
Pool opening dates? The pool is open approximately June to end-September. Please note that pool opening dates are subject to local weather conditions and pool maintenance requirements and that cooler months may not be suitable for swimming.
Changeover day Monday to Saturday.
Minimum stay 4 nights.
Smoking Allowed? Not allowed.
Pets welcome? Not allowed.
Tax Italian Visitors Tax payable locally in cash (typically costs €1-€3 per adult per night- please enquire if exact amount is required).
Internet access? Wi-Fi internet access included.
Other Ts and Cs Guests are required to be in possession of a valid insurance policy, which covers them for cancellations, personal belongings, public liability and any accidental damage caused during their stay.
Other Ts and Cs Weddings, stag/hen parties and any special events are on request only and subject to prior arrangement with the owner and additional charges.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Jun 4th 2020 - Sep 12th 2020 £6,543 £7,926 £11,447
Sep 12th 2020 - Oct 3rd 2020 £5,525 £6,693 £9,666
Oct 3rd 2020 - Mar 27th 2021 £4,798 £5,812 £8,394
Mar 27th 2021 - May 29th 2021 £5,525 £6,693 £9,666
May 29th 2021 - Sep 4th 2021 £6,470 £7,838 £11,320
Sep 4th 2021 - Oct 2nd 2021 £5,525 £6,693 £9,666
Oct 2nd 2021 - Dec 6th 2021 £4,798 £5,812 £8,394

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Jun 4th 2020 - Sep 12th 2020 €6,913 €8,296 €12,094
Sep 12th 2020 - Oct 3rd 2020 €5,838 €7,005 €10,213
Oct 3rd 2020 - Mar 27th 2021 €5,070 €6,084 €8,869
Mar 27th 2021 - May 29th 2021 €5,838 €7,005 €10,213
May 29th 2021 - Sep 4th 2021 €6,836 €8,204 €11,960
Sep 4th 2021 - Oct 2nd 2021 €5,838 €7,005 €10,213
Oct 2nd 2021 - Dec 6th 2021 €5,070 €6,084 €8,869

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Jun 4th 2020 - Sep 12th 2020 $7,738 $9,120 $13,537
Sep 12th 2020 - Oct 3rd 2020 $6,534 $7,702 $11,431
Oct 3rd 2020 - Mar 27th 2021 $5,675 $6,688 $9,927
Mar 27th 2021 - May 29th 2021 $6,534 $7,702 $11,431
May 29th 2021 - Sep 4th 2021 $7,652 $9,019 $13,387
Sep 4th 2021 - Oct 2nd 2021 $6,534 $7,702 $11,431
Oct 2nd 2021 - Dec 6th 2021 $5,675 $6,688 $9,927

Please note that prices may not be 100% accurate for dates outside of the current calendar year. For an accurate quote, please enquire.


  • The best property in Portovenere!

    Posted by Karen, Pierre and Family on 31/07/2019

    Villa Istar is a wonderful property and perfectly located. It is ideal for any family or larger group wishing to visit Cinque Terre. From Portovenere you will have easy access by ferry to most of the villages. The ferry terminal is an easy 10 minute walk from Villa Istar and you will be able to visit one, two or even three of the villages during a one day outing. Once back in Portovenere you will enjoy its numerous restaurants, town squares and medieval streets.
    Our group of 8 family members, age 3 to 65 spent the most memorable 5 days at the villa. The main house is a beautiful 3 bedroom /3.5 bath estate home. There is also a very comfortable one bedroom guest house closer to the pool and garden area.
    The property is immaculately clean and shows pride of ownership throughout.
    Giving its central location steps away from the beach, it is a surprisingly very private domaine. Villa Istar is surrounded by numerous terraces, an immense garden and a very large salt water pool. No matter where you are on the grounds you have beautiful views of the sea.
    If you are planning a visit to "Cinque Terre" do not hesitate to book this property.

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